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  1. Transmission rest/ Touching battery cables together/ Myth or Fact?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2 questions for the masses. 01 V6 Triptonic I read the other day that someone was having issues with there car going into limp mode and they were able to reset the trans computer by turning the key to the on position (not starting) and depressing the gas pedal for 20 seconds then releasing and...
  2. New Fact Finding Study

    Anything Auto
  3. CPO / Certified - after the fact?

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Anyone have any experience getting their Passat Certified from VW after they bought it used? Also looking for ballpark cost and requirements (mileage, number of owners, etc). Here's the scenario - Looking at a used B6 (or any VW product for that matter) from a private party or non-VW dealer...
  4. VW Fact Fitted Ballast Problems 140bhp

    New Member Introductions
    Hi Guys can anyone help me i'm from dublin ireland and am not very auto tech minded, any help would be very much appreciated as i'm really stuck. basically i bought a passat sport last year, lovely well spec'd car all the extras inc factory fitted xenon HID headlights, what i didn't realise is...
  5. Desludging 1.8T Fact or fiction

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    140K on questionable maintained 1.8T What is most recommended desludigin, and do you need to drop pan?? Seems like some say desludge running 50% kerosene at idle (no load) Others run an OTC enging clean solution in place of 1 qt of aoil Best oil in warm climates is full synthetic 10w40...
  6. APR performance figures - fact or fiction?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Some of you may have remembered my rant about the the test pipe that gave you an extra "40ft/lb of wheel torque" (actual website quote). Well, I have another question about tuner HP-ft/lb claims. Now before I put this out there I want this to be crystal clear: It is entirely possible that these...
  7. Most interesting random engine fact I've found in a while.

    Anything Auto
    I read about engines, and to a lesser extent, all different sorts of automotive design stuff constantly. To give you an idea, today I read about Chevettes, the Isuzu Impulse, Ford automatically transmissions (did you know that Explorers didn't use AODs very much; I always assumed they used that...
  8. Mobil 1 Using Group III Base Stock - Fact?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I see a lot of discussions about Mobil 1 moving to Group III base stock in various forums, like this one. However, I can not find any clear references to this fact. Mobil 1's web site states that they use Group IV base stock, however this does not preclude them from using a blend of III and...
  9. Help! Paint Color Differences - Myth or Fact?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Question for the forum regarding repair paint work and color differences. The Background - I have a silver 05 GLX wagon. I managed to slam the rear passenger door closed (twice - doh!) not knowing a piece of metal was wedged between the rear passenger and front passenger doors (an illustration...
  10. Racism is a fact of life...

    The Black Hole
    ...for Michael Richards. I am hereby not responsible for any crushed dreams that those of you may have had about the man that is "kramer." This is VERY recent, by the way:
  11. turbo cool down - fact or fiction

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have been letting my car idle for 30 - 45 seconds before I shut it down after not being driven hard, and after 3 years I am fed up. I did a search and read through many threads and did not see any evidence to why this should be done - it appears to be general concensus though. WHy? Of course...
  12. Interesting Fact About Passat

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    The Passat's trunk is smaller than the Jetta's — 14.2 cubic feet compared to 16! Interesting! :hmmm: Stefan Editor,
  13. interesting google fact

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    if you type in "B5OTM" in Google, and hit "I feel lucky" ... what do you get? ... yours truly :lol: ... if you type in "B5OTM" in Google images, what do you get? yours truly again! :lol: .... I will now start a charity donation program to buy Rusty a life!
  14. FS: Fact. Mud Flaps & Front License Holder

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    FS: Fact. Mud Flaps & Front License Plate Holder Mud Flaps of an 02 Variant. (winters coming!!!) $30 + shipping. Silverstone Grey License plate holder. Make offer.
  15. Fun fact about B6 rear brakes....

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    I don't know if this has been discussed here yet, but I thought it was worth mentioning: If you replace rear pads on a B6, in order to get that fancy rear caliper with the electric parking brake retracted, you have to use a scan tool ala 5051/2, Vag-Com, or whatever. And you thought the stupid...
  16. Fact or Fiction #2

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Fact or Fiction: A Kamei grille only looks good on a B5.5 if you have a aftermarket front spoiler too! Any comments
  17. Fact or Fiction?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I was at my friend's for dinner tonight and her dad starts telling me a story about Yao Ming. He claims that when he first reported to Houston, a front office guy picked him up in a PASSAT. Anyone know if this is true, better yet anyone have a pic?
  18. Aftermarket Car Alarms - Myth or Fact?

    Mobile Electronics
    Someone set me straight, since I have been spoutting off in the General Discussion forum regarding the difficulty of integrating an aftermarket security system with our Passat. I have been told that it can be anywhere from a pain in the _ss to d_mn near impossible to install an aftermarket alarm...
  19. Fact or Fiction: DV Instaled Backwards=More HP?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I heard instaling the stock or any DV backwards would have less restriction on the engine/turbo and let more power out? I dont know if this is just a rummor but I would like to know if this is for real.